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Grant critical for Centre for the Arts during pandemic recovery

The funding, a total of $46,800, was used to support the centre's pandemic recovery in addition to assisting with exhibits
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In August 2021, the Elora Centre for the Arts (ECFTA) received a $46,800 Community Building Fund – Operating grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). The funding was instrumental in supporting the ECFTA’s recovery from the pandemic, deepen the curation and experience of eight exhibitions, assist in staff wage support and contributed to virtual art instruction for 132 students in the Life Skills/Mild Intellectual Disabilities (MID) program in local schools.

“We are very grateful for the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and this grant for the Elora Centre for the Arts,” Ted Arnott, MPP for Wellington—Halton Hills said. “I also want to thank the Elora Centre for the Arts staff and volunteers for all that they do for our community.”

The grant allowed for the expansion of the Centre's exhibitions and supported outreach programs for students with (dis)Abilities. Through the support of the OTF grant, ECFTA has been able to continue operating its facility while creating accessible, hybrid digital/in-person exhibitions and arts programming, and ensuring organizational stability and growth post-pandemic.

“This support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation has helped the Centre operationally this past year, allowing us to continue serving the community despite pandemic setbacks”, says Kathryn Giffen, ECFTA Board co-chair.

Located in an 1856 heritage building and founded in 2002, ECFTA is a unique community resource that fosters creativity, a high level of artistic expression, and the belief that a vibrant arts centre is integral to the health of our community. Our mission is to strengthen our open and accessible non-profit arts and cultural centre that promotes, teaches, and nourishes the arts and arts appreciation through exhibitions, programs, and performances. ECFTA is firmly grounded in the belief that contemporary art, in all its various forms, has the capacity to nurture the lives of those living, working, and visiting here. For more information on our programming, please click here.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) mission is to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario. As an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations, last year, OTF invested nearly $209 million into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Since 2020, OTF has supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Click here to learn more.